I ran the Cherry Blssom 10 miler this past Sunday. And it was amazing! I finished in 1:24:18 and am more than thrilled. But first, a GIANT thank you to Lauren who transfered her bib to me. I’m so hapy I was able to run and hopefully next year we’ll be able to race together.
I’ve had a pretty hectic week – lots of travel. Since I was in Pittsburgh, I had planned on driving my mother to the airport so she could fly home to NY on Saturday morning and then I would head back to DC. But breakfast went longer than planned and I started to worry that I wouldn’t make it back in time for the expo so Pete was nice enough to take my mother to the airport so that I could drive straight home. Which worked out really well since Pete got home to Bethesda around 5pm, and I was able to go pick up my bib and t-shirt.
Saturday night I packed on the carbs. I love eating the night before the race. We made angel hair pasta with tomato sauce, garlic bread, and green beans.
I tried to go to bed early that night, but if anyone knows me they know I’ve got my sleep issues. I went to sleep around 12:30, and woke up every hour on the hour. It didn’t help that Pete was up until 4 am. Which means Fox was up too. We’re such night owls here. Well I was out of bed at 5:20am, and since I laid out everything I needed the night before I got ready quickly. Since Pete’s coming to the Pittsburgh Marathon in a few weeks he was off the hook for Cherry Blossom. His sole responsibility was taking my picture (while he was half asleep in bed) before I left the house.
I had planned on meeting up with my running group beforehand, but it was a bit chaotic once I stepped off the metro and I had a hard enough time finding the baggage check tent so it was pretty much out of the question to find my group. Instead I settled into my Orange sectioned area and went into total focus mode. I’ve competed in sporting events enough in my life to know how to go into a zone where you feel like you are the only person around. So imagine my surprise when, in the middle of my meditation, I hear “Rory?” and turn to my left to see my childhood best friend – a girl who I haven’t seen in years!
To be continued….